Delhi family deaths: Occult ritual may have gone awry

Eleven members of a family found dead in Delhi

The police have registered a murder case after 11 persons of a family were found dead under mysterious circumstances in north Delhi’s Burari area on Sunday morning. According to the police, evidence found in the house suggest that the family may have been practising an occult ritual that may have gone awry.

“The dead included four males and seven females. They belong to the same family and used to practise spirituality,” said Vinit Kumar, ADCP (North).

The deceased were identified as Narayan Devi, 77, her two sons Bhavnesh, 50, and Lalit, 45, her daughters-in-law Savita, 48, and Teena, 42, her daughter Pratibha, 57, her grandchildren Priyanka, 33, Nitu, 25, Monu, 23, Dhruv, 15, and Shivam, 15.

The police said the family owns a grocery shop in the building where they stay. On Sunday morning, a neighbour, who used to purchase milk from their shop everyday at 6 a.m., found it closed. When he went to investigate, he found the bodies. He rushed out, raised an alarm and informed the police.

“The house was neither ransacked nor any item, including mobile phones found disturbed ormissing. The gold jewellery on the bodies of the females was found intact,” said Mr. Kumar. During a search of the house, certain hand-written notes were found pointing to the observance of some definite spiritual/mystical practices by the whole family, the police said.

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